Humanity Is Flushing Away One of Life’s Essential Elements

THE ATLANTIC ***Honorable mention for the 2022 science writing award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors*** We broke phosphorus. In a field of sugar beets outside Cambridge, England, Simon Kelly stands above a narrow trench gouged into the rusty earth, roughly 15 feet deep and 30 feet long. “Welcome to the pit,” says … More Humanity Is Flushing Away One of Life’s Essential Elements